Scott Hanselman

PDC - Come for the pageantry, leave with the software

October 26, '03 Comments [0] Posted in PDC | Speaking
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Oh, yes.  You come to PDC thinking you'll learn lots and get software.  You'll hear the pundits speak, but you know inside what it's really about.  Pageantry.  That's right, dear readers.  It's not exactly knights-of-the-round-table-check-out-my-new-chain-mail-and-let's-go-to-the-joust-later style pageantry, but it's peacocking nonetheless. 

We're all decked out in our new TabletPCs, SmartPhones, and PocketPC 2003 PDAs.  I've got my new Casio Exilim digital camera, my iPod (with new system software!) and even a snazzy new blood sugar meter for good measure.  Every power plug in my room at the Westin is full.  Even the little shaver plug in the bathroom that you're not supposed to plug anything but shavers into is charging my BlackBerry.

Yep, we geeks can really put on a show. :) 

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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PDC - It begins now...

October 26, '03 Comments [0] Posted in PDC | TechEd | Speaking
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Well, I have arrived.  I'm at PDC chillin' in one of the many spots for jacking in to the 'NET.  There's clearly more power strips than previous conferences and the wireless coverage appears to be fantastic.  (Many TechEds have seen attendees lined up against the walls in search of power)

Got in to LAX as one of the last planes before they shut down the airport (temporarily?) because of fires in the Valley.  Looks like they have folks fly into SFO or Las Vegas and bus in.  We shall see.  Otherwise, things are already looking good for a 1st class conference.

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New version of UpdateVersion...great for those pesky AssemblyInfo.cs files!

October 26, '03 Comments [4] Posted in Nant
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Matt Griffith has updated his UpdateVersion utility, with a little help from Yours Truly and Mike Gunderloy.  Included in this update are support for a “BuildDay” algorithm ala Clemen Vasters, and various other goodnesses.  If you are constantly updating version numbers in your AssemblyInfo.cs files, check it out.  I use it in an NAnt automated build with much success.

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Regulating Regular Expressions

October 25, '03 Comments [0] Posted in ASP.NET | Web Services | Tools
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It's OK to shamelessly plug yourself if you're introspective about it.  That's what I always say.  Roy posted Regulator and it is quite the studly Regular Expressions IDE.  A good addition to anyone's C:/UTILS.  With all these RegEx tools, I'm all set:

Regulate - Warren G
I'm tweaking
into a whole new era
G-Funk
step to this
I dare ya
Funk
on a whole new level

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Finishing what was Quite A Day to start what we will be Quite A Week

October 25, '03 Comments [3] Posted in PDC | DasBlog | Speaking | NUnit | Nant | XML
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Whew.  A big day. 

  • My third wedding anniversary.  Woo hoo!  My great-uncle says it's the first 50 that are hard.  After that, smooth sailing.  (Just noticed the date on my wedding site...FYI: We eloped on 10/24/2000, and had the big to-do later)
  • Had lunch with Jim Blizzard, Phil Weber and Andrew Brust who is in town talking to PADNUG via INETA.  I'll be returning the favor in NYC at the .NET UG in January.
  • Upgraded to dasBlog 1.4.3297.0, and what an upgrade it is.  On the admin site, reporting for Aggregator Activity, User Agents, Crossposting to Longhornblogs.com, ClickThrough Tracking, URL Rewriting, oy!  I was chatting with Clemens a few minutes ago and he had some ideas around presence that will blow your mind.  Maybe we'll write it next week...
  • With Patrick Cauldwell leading the way and some SERIOUS CodeSmith'ing, basically re-wrote XSD.EXE and generate instance test data, domain objects (Account, Payee, etc), domain messages/operations (GetAccountResponse, GetPayees), documentation, and our custom Voyager templates.  As Patrick said, there's SO much more to code generation than Strongly Typed Collections.
  • 99% perfected the build process and now just need to improve NUnit2Report to include things like the Computer Name, and support for multiple NUnit xml input files.  Anyone else got a better NAnt Build Task for this?
  • Told my CST407 class at OIT what the Final would be.  They were shaking in their boots. :)
  • Heading to PDC on Sunday at 9am.  My days are packed full until I leave Thursday and it'll be 98 degrees the whole time.  Schwing.

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